If you're a fan of veggies, you might want to check in your fridge. There has been a voluntary recall announced for certain types of prepackaged vegetables due to a possibility of Listeria contamination. Affected items include butternut squash, cauliflower, vegetable bowls and zucchini from the Green Giant, Trader Joe's and Signature Farms labels.
Listeria monocytogenes are a type of bacteria that can cause listeriosis. People who are the most at risk of Listeria infections are pregnant women, newborn babies and the elderly. According to the CDC, listeria food poisoning causes around 1,600 people to get sick per year, and causes about 260 deaths. In the case of pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage or stillbirths.
This infection can be particularly harmful to those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Listeria infection include intestinal discomfort, diarrhea, fever and nausea. Regardless of whether you fit into a high risk category, a case of listeriosis is unpleasant for anybody.
The food manufacturer of the affected items, Growers Express, has issued a voluntary recall of these items. The potential contamination is believed to have come from a facility in Biddleford, Maine. So far there haven't been any reported cases of illness. According to the statement released by the FDA, the Growers Express reported the potential contamination themselves, and are taking the time to clean and sanitize all production areas and equipment to ensure safety. They also expressed that they will be doing further testing and taking measures to ensure there is no more risk before commencing production activities again.
The items believed to be affected by this recall are reported to have best before dates of June 26th-June 29th, 2019. A full list of the potentially affected items can be found in the FDA's statement here. If you think that you or your family may have been affected, check the chart of item codes. In the meantime, retailers have removed these items from their inventory. The FDA is additionally urging people who cannot read the date to throw these packages away, just in case.
To get a refund if you have been affected by this recall, call the number on the package, or go visit www.GrowersExpress.com/voluntaryrecall